Epic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

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An Epic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe that’ll be the envy of summer! This refreshing salty dog is a mix of fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, sparkling water with a hint of lime. A summer drink that’s light, easy and down right tasty!

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An Epic Salty Dog Drink

You asked, so I delivered! A couple weeks ago, I did a poll on Instagram to see what kind of recipes you wanted next on JHE. For the cocktail section you said you wanted something with either Vodka, Rum or Tequila … well Vodka it is!

One of my close friends got me hooked on Vodka and grapefruit, so that’s what this cocktail is all about. 

And y’all, let me tell you. It’s a good one!

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What is a Salty Dog drink?

A salty dog is a cocktail made with gin or vodka and grapefruit juice. It is typically served over ice with a salted glass rim. 

My version has a little twist on a classic salty dog. I add in fresh lime juice and grapefruit la croix or sparkling water for a little bubbly. You’ll love it, it almost doesn’t even taste like a drink. It’s that smooth. (a.k.a. dangerous)

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Salty Dog Recipe:

  • a cocktail shaker
  • a measuring jigger, used to measure ounces for cocktails (I love the one with a handle, makes it easier to pour the liquid into the cocktail shaker)
  • a high ball glass & ice
  • coarse sea salt
  • vodka 
  • grapefruit juice
  • lime juice
  • grapefruit sparkling water 

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I think one of my favorite things about this drink, besides the fact that you only need 4 ingredients is how easy it is to make. There is no sugar or simple syrup, it’s just straight up easy no fuss ingredients. But the combo of them all is incredibly addicting. It’s so light and refreshing which is perfect as we head into the summer. 

How to Make a Salty Dog Cocktail:

  1. Salt the rim of two glasses.
  2. To a cocktail shaker add fresh grapefruit juice, vodka (or gin), lime juice and grapefruit la croix. Put the top on and shake.
  3. Fill cups with ice and evenly pour cocktail over ice.

Can I Make a Salty Dog in a Pitcher?

Yes. To make this salty dog recipe in a pitcher, which would give you 10 cocktails, use the following measurements.

  1. 34 cups of grapefruit juice
  2. 34  cups of grapefruit la croix
  3. 2 cups of vodka
  4. 23 ounces of lime juice

Add all ingredients to a pitcher, stir and serve over ice.

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I guarantee this will be a show stopper for you this summer. It’s a great cocktail to have poolside, because it won’t be heavy on your stomach. It kinda reminds me of a mojito from the refreshing and light perspective.

So make this cocktail for two or throw it in a pitcher for a party, but whatever you decide to do just make it. It will definitely quench your thirst and you’ll fall in love with the freshness of it.

Cheers to Friday friends! 

What goes with a Salty Dog Cocktail?

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Epic Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An Epic Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe that’ll be the envy of summer! This refreshing salty dog is a mix of fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, sparkling water with a hint of lime. 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz. grapefruit la croix
  • 3 oz. vodka
  • 2/3 oz. lime juice
  • salt for rim of glass

Instructions

  1. Salt the rim of two glasses.
  2. To a cocktail shaker add fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, lime juice and grapefruit la croix. Put the top on and shake.
  3. Fill cups with ice and evenly pour cocktail over ice.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 142
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 511 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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7 Responses
  1. Shannon Graham

    Oh my goodness, you had me drooling. This is a gorgeous cocktail that would be all too easy to down lol

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